Jiu Jitsu Battleplan ’14

This is my first post since moving over to my domain, and it’s going to be a boring one for a lot of you.  Being healthy and planning for success is painfully boring, but I know that if I gut it out, there will be rewards. I will say that 1) I still feel weird about doing those sponsored posts, I don’t know that I’ll do it again, and 2) I enjoy being an owner of internet real estate.
So on with it… if you know me or have been reading, you know I enjoy goalsetting.  This post is about goalsetting specifically for jiu jitsu. I didn’t want A Bare-Knuckled Affair to be another jiu jitsu blog, but you write what you know.  I know that if I don’t have goals, I will drift aimlessly.  Goalsetting allows me to examine myself and what I value, and how that lines up with how I’m actually living- where I’m investing my time, talent, and treasure.  I also know that I want to increase my skill level, and that planning will help. I made a list of goals, and established manageable steps to get there and a rough timeline to when I want to have that objective checked off. So here’s my 2014 BJJ Battleplan!
Overview:
I am a jiu jitsu hobbyist-this is due to scheduling. As such, I want to maximize my mat time, making sure I am doing everything off the mat to be physically, mentally, spiritually ready to learn and work. I typically play a wait-and-see game, and I feel this is ineffective for me. I would like to be more aggressive and push the pace of the fight, smashing and killing like Xande Ribeiro. I will eventually earn my Black Belt, and I would like to be an instructor of adults and children, teaching at a school/club with a strong basis on self-defense in addition to sport BJJ, with a lot of Judo. My goals are:
  • Become a better coach (maintaining discipline/focus, adapting teaching to learning styles)
  • Gain competition experience
  • Learn, experiment, and fail
  • Develop a smashing, submission- focused game using size to advantage
  • Capitalize on lower body/guard flexibility with open guard, open guard sweeps, and triangles
  • Sharpen kimura to armdrag to back take/ spiral armlock
  • Earn Women Empowered Pink Belt
  • Get to yellow/orange belt level judo skill/experience
  • Have level of skill/experience to be expected of practitioner with 1 year Blue Belt experience
3 Month (March):

1. Sharpen kimura to armdrag to back take/ spiral armlock

How? Dummy reps, hit it in open mat/ rounds
2. Learn, experiment, and fail
How? Work with varied body types/skill level, get in odd situations/positions- strategize way out, attempt other’s “go-to” moves, see what sticks, keep it playful.
3. Develop a smashing, passing, submission- focused game using size to advantage
How? Watch footage, do not wait for opportunities, develop “killer instinct” approach to achieving submission quickly, drill drill drill
  6 Month (June):
1. Gain competition experience 
 
How? Do at least 1 competition with serious preparation, training, and focus with the intent to win- NAGA, US Grappling, etc.

2. Capitalize on lower body/guard flexibility – open guard, open guard sweeps, and triangles

How- Dummy reps, hit it in open mat/ rounds, watch footage, possible private instruction
9 Month (September):

1. Be a better coach (maintaining discipline/focus, adapting teaching to learning styles)

How? Mat time, Observe other coaches, continue to read/consult with other instructors
2. Get to yellow/orange belt level judo skill/experience
How? Attend as many of Kenton’s classes as possible, work with local judoka, watch instructionals/matches, drill drill drill
3. Have skill/experience to be expected of practitioner with 1 year Blue Belt experience
How? Do everything on this list
4. Earn Women Empowered Pink Belt
How? Attend as many classes as I can, and practice for test.- I have run through the test once already, and plan to do it again on Friday. I may actually meet this goal before the end of February!
I want all the feedback I can get-  am I missing anything?  Will overthinking make me not enjoy the process?  Should I just shut up and compete?  Let me know what you think, and what I can do better. Thanks for reading.
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